Monday, April 1, 2013
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says Lake Price Road will be closed beginning today at the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron and Vermilion parishes. The road is a primary access point for outdoor recreation on the western end of the refuge. It will be closed until further notice, officials said.
The closing is in association with a $1.2 million construction project that will provide three fishing piers with extended walkway access for recreational fishing, crabbing and shrimping. The work is expected to take about 6 months.
LARGE CROWDS GATHERED AT EASTER SUNRISE SERVICES IN LAFAYETTE YESTERDAY. ABOUT 170 ATTENDED A SERVICE AT A GAZEBO IN SUGAR MILL POND, WHERE PASTOR ANDY TRIBE OF EAST BAYOU’S YOUNGSVILLE CAMPUS DELIVERED A MESSAGE ON JESUS’ FINAL WEEK. ANOTHER FIFTY PEOPLE OR SO GATHERED FOR A SUNRISE SERVICE AT A CEMETARY IN LAFAYETTE MEMORIAL PARK. DEACON DON LEGER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF WESTERN LOUISIANA SAYS THE SERVICE WAS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE LOVED ONES BURIED THERE.
THE ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT LEFT ONE MAN DEAD AND A WOMAN IN THE HOSPITAL.
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have questions about Louisiana's plan to provide extra federal money to private hospitals that run state hospitals. Those supplemental Medicaid payments are key to Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to move the system out of Louisiana State University. The Advocate reports that the questions are the response to Louisiana's proposal to change reimbursement for inpatient services. State health and hospitals Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says the letter is nothing extraordinary, and Louisiana will answer every question.
THE STORMS THAT BLEW THROUGH LAKE CHARLES YESTERDAY CAUSED SOME DAMAGE, BUT NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED. A MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED-YEAR-OLD OAK TREE WAS UPROOTED AND DESTROYED A GARAGE ON ARKANSAS STREET, WHILE ANOTHER OAK TREE FELL TAKING DOWN POWER LINES ON WATKINS STREET. A TEMPORARY FENCE HIDING ACTIVITY RELATED TO THE GILL STREET EXTENSION PROJECT IN DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES BLEW DOWN. AND A METAL STRUCTURE GOT ENTANGLED WITH POWER LINES ON BOYS VILLAGE ROAD SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 90 IN CALCASIEU PARISH.
A JUDGE LAST WEEK REJECTED A MOTION BY THE ATTORNEY FOR SETH FONTENTOT OF LAFAYETTE FOR A NATIONAL CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK ON GRAND JURY MEMBERS WHO INDICTED FONTENOT FOR FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDGER. 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGE KRISTIAN EARLE GAVE ATTORNEY THOMAS GUILBEAU 30 ADDITIONAL DAYS TO FILE OBJECTIONS OVER THE MAKEUP OF THE GRAND JURY. GUILBEAU TOLD THE JUDGE HIS OFFICE FOUND SOME KNOWN FELONS ON THE LIST OF JURY MEMBERS, THOUGH HE’S NOT SURE IF ANY SERVED ON THE GRAND JURY THAT INDICTED FONTENOT. ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARK GARBER SAYS GUILBEAU IS IMPUGNING THE GRAND JURY IN AN ATTEMPT TO QUASH THE INDICTMENT.
A CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP IS PLANNING AN APRIL 20TH PROTEST MARCH AGAINST THE RAYNE POLICE DEPARTMENT. NATIONAL ACTION NOW WANTS 15TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIKE HARSON TO INVESTIGATE TICKETS ISSUED AND ARRESTS MADE BY OFFICER JOSEPH CORMIER AND OTHERS. THE GROUP HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE LAST THURSDAY ACCUSING CORMIER OF BRUTALITY IN AN ARREST MADE IN APRIL OF LAST YEAR. POLICE CHIEF CARROLL STELLY SAYS ALL THE CHARGES OF POLICE BRUTALITY WERE INVESTIGATED AND “FOUND NOT BE TO SUSTAINED.”
The new manager for Southland Field Airport in Sulphur says that in the past two months, he and his crew have "cleaned up" the airport, improved customer service, put up a windsock, cleaned hangars and storage units, and trimmed the airport's budget. The American Press reports that Michael McDougall was named manager at the end of January. Former manager Sam Larsh resigned in September.McDougall says the windsock had been down for a few months, and was what pilots and aircraft tenants wanted most.